Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What's up Wednesday Welcome Summer!!

I'm pretty sure I say this every month but how is it the end of May? I feel like it should still be the end of April! I'm not complaining though because I love summer! Bring it on!!

What We're Eating this Week: So I really need to go for a big grocery stocking up trip, so this week is a hodge podge of food. Monday I ate Pasta Salad that I made up a recipe to, and a bagel, and a ham sandwich. Tuesday so far I had grilled ham, cheese and tomato, and Cheese Pizza from the best pizza place ever, Buck Creek Pizza! 

What I'm Reminiscing About: Summers of past! I want to make a Summer Bucket list and do some fun things this year! Here's to hoping I actually get to go to the Fair instead of being stuck at home while my sewer line was repaired.  Boo to you 2015.

What I'm Loving: All of my recent Yard Sale Finds! Mom and I went to a big neighborhood one last weekend and I came away with tons of great finds!

What I've been up to: Teaching, I played a concert at a Nursing Home, and lots of cleaning and organizing and redecorating! I have been feeling the bug lately! 

What I'm Dreading: Does anyone else get sad when they finish watching an entire series on Netflix or Hulu? My current series is almost over,and I'm sad to say goodbye to my friends. hahahah

What I'm Working On: Organizing. And decorating for Summer. I am feeling the need for festive 4'th of July decorations. And flowers and pink and turquoise.  Give me all the colors!

What I'm Excited about: I am excited that my weekly massages are starting this week! The Massage therapy school that is oh so conveniently very close to my house, is doing their free summer clinic. Listen, I may or may not have arranged one of my teaching days so that I could get a massage every week. They are amazing and did I Mention FREE!!

What I'm watching/reading: I'm currently reading "Illegitimate" by Brian Mackert. It's about a guy who grew up Polygamous in the FLDS, and then got out and found the loving God that there is! It's really interesting! I am fascinated with Polygamy. Like a bad car wreck you can't quite look away from. 

What I'm listening to: My Pandora Stations on rotate this week are my 1. Florida Georgia Line, 2 Backstreet Boys, 3. Vanilla Ice. :)  and KLOVE of course!!

What I'm wearing: Shorts, Sleeveless tops, and sandals. All day, err day. And a maxi dress or skirt when I need to be fancy.

What I'm doing this weekend: This weekend I am hoping to spend some time outside, go to church on Sunday, and then my Parents are coming sometime to have a Memorial Day work at Charity's House Party.  Dad is off work for the holiday so we are using his time off to do some projects around the house. What a great Daddy he is!!

What I'm looking forward to next month: Just Summer!!  I'm excited to spend time outside, get my pool up and going, hopefully have some pool parties with my friends and their littles. And just enjoy the summer!

What else is new: Nothing is new this week, but next week my Studio starts it's summer schedule. Which means I will be confused on who is coming each day until probably August when it switches around to back to school. :)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up: Garage Sale Finds and A New Church Home!

Brace yourself, I actually have a Weekend Wrap up! WHAT IS THIS CRAZINESS?!!

I don't know but it was a great weekend, A perfect mix of fun, and relaxation!

I started off the weekend on Friday with a bang. My Mom met me in the am and we went to a big neighborhood garage sale. One of my students used to live in this neighborhood, which is how I started going to the sales, as she and her sisters always had a snack stand. Sadly for me, they moved and no snack stand was found in the entire place. Whimper. But we still had a great time and managed to get some good deals!

Because I am a nerd, I took pictures of what I got, but I won't bore you with all of them. Only some :)

I scored this adorable rug for my bathroom and I'm now kicking myself for not buying the other rug just like it!
I love me some ballet flats. And bows? I die!
I also got these more dressy shoes, which have.. brace yourself...
A HEEL! Y'all. I have not worn heels since I tore some ligaments in my ankle back in 2009. I'm not sure how these are going to go, but the price was right and I have felt like I needed one pair of fancy heels like shoes for when I hold my yearly Piano recital, and when I'm playing at events. Stay Tuned for whether I kill myself in these or not.

The funny thing is that I used to be known as "Meals on Heels" in college. I wore heels all the time, and my bag was always full of snacks :)
I fell in love with this American Flag plate with the music to "America The Beautiful". I'm going to display it somehow during the summer months. Haven't quite figured out how yet..
This cute little fake flower arrangement was only 25 cents!!! It fits in with the red, Coke theme of my kitchen, and will be great for the USA Summer Months of decorating.
I couldn't pass up some turquoise earrings. My name is Charity and I love Turquoise.
I also got a sippy cup, not because I am messy (I am) but Miss Addie visits my house, and when I get to babysit her I'm sure she would appreciate having a cup to drink out of!
There were a LOT of Christmas decorations for sale. I came home wanting to turn on my Christmas music but I managed to stop myself. This cute snowman jar had to come home with me.
My Mom and I found large Charlie Brown and Snoopy stuffed animals and I made her buy them since I am cheap. HA! It was near the end and I was rationing my cash :) She got them for my oldest nephew and the lady running the sale asked me if I had saw the beanie baby snoopy that played the CB theme song. Oh man. I was excited. I dug thru that box and found these and grabbed them up! They both play the CB theme song and I just love them!
I found this super cute, large picture frame and immediately knew it was what I was looking for to re decorate my sofa table. It fits perfectly on the bottom shelf and gives the height I need down there. Love it!!
I had to stop myself from spending all of my cash on children's books. But there were some i just couldn't resist. I have books for the kids in the "waiting room" aka my living room during teaching hours. And so many of them gobble up the books and read while they are waiting for their sibling to finish, or waiting for their turn. I can't wait to see their excitement when they discover the new books!
This cute office supply tray slides back and forth! SOLD!
A looks like new old navy scarf. 
And a NINE WEST purse for 2.00!!!!!!! That one I couldn't believe, but I bought it before they changed their minds!
Part of the fun of garage saleing was getting to be Audra's personal shopper. I scooped up several adorable outfits for Addie, and this was the sneak peek that I sent to Auds. She would have had more clothes if my Mom hadn't drug me out of every place with cute little girl clothes. I might have been having a bit too much fun but LITTLE GIRL CLOTHES ARE SO CUTE!!!!
Friday night after finishing teaching and running to Aldi's I finally got my first real meal of the day. At 8:30 pm....... I bought some pasta salad at Aldi's on a whim, it was creamy Parmesan and it was to die for. I could have married that pasta salad it was so good!
Saturday was spent like this. Rest day. I laid on the couch, watched TV, and basically did nothing productive. And it was GLORIOUS.

Snapped a pic of my new picture frame in it's new home!
Sunday was pretty exciting. My church has been renting out a store front for a long time, and finally within the past 1-2 years we found land and began to build on it. Sunday was our first service in the new building, a "Soft Launch".
Funny story, if my friend Cathy hadn't told me that this past Sunday was the first service and not the June 5'th Grand Opening like I thought it was, I would have totally showed up to the old building.
It is a beautiful building!! There was a line of cars to pull into the parking lot and that was exciting in and of itself!!! The auditorium holds 500 people, vs our old 200 some. And we are back to our two service at 9 and 11. When my alarm went off Sunday morning I had a moment of sadness for the 11:45 service. #NotAMorningPerson #45minsMakesADifference
We now have THREE screens to look at! I went back and forth between the side one and middle one. It doesn't take much to get me excited! We also have a Cafe, which looks super cool! There was a line in front of it so I didn't check it out, but you'd better believe I will!
I tried to take a picture of the building as I was leaving and well.. you can see how well that went.  It was so great to be in our permament home! Walking out of the doors with the sun shining, breeze blowing, and have people standing around by the entrance chatting and laughing was maybe my favorite part! Our old building you could stand around outside I guess, but it didn't really invite standing around and chatting. If that makes any sense. This new building is perfect for it!
One side of the building. Again, talent.

I came home and had to talk my #SundaySelfie outside. Which was hard considering it was so bright I couldn't see myself on the screen. Why don't phone companies make it easier to see outside?

I wore my new very sparkly gold sandals. They were shining like diamonds in the Auditorium of church!!
After having lunch and painting my jewlery holder I decided to head outside and do some work in my back yard and enjoy the weather! I'm sporting a new purple tank that I scored at a garage sale!
I love that I can now listen to pandora on my phone. Put it in my pocket, plug in my headphones and rock out in my backyard without annoying anyone with my music!
I cleaned off my back patio and washed several chairs. And then I sat down and started reading a fascinating book about a guy who was born into Polygamy and then found Jesus. 

It was a great weekend!! I am thankful I felt well for most of it and was able to actually do things!!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Snugglemuffin And Lovemuffin's Mother's Day Visit- Part 1

Snugglemuffin and Lovemuffin made a special trip to Indiana for Mother's Day weekend and we had such a good time! I took way too many pictures. Well, scratch that, you can never take enough pictures of my adorable nephews!

Since I took so many pics I am breaking this blog up into more than one post. You're Welcome  :)

The nephews arrived Thursday night but I had to teach on Friday so I had to wait until 7 pm to leave town. I think I might have went a little bit above the speed limit, but I was so excited to see my boys and wanted to get home before they went to bed!
 I sent this pic to my Mom to show to Snugglemuffin, that Auntie couldn't wait to see him and give him hugs and kisses.

 FINALLY I was done teaching and ready to hit the road! This is my dialed down excited face. Believe me I was much more excited than that but I looked like a lunatic in the picture.
 When I got home B had just gotten out of his bath. Since everyone had already eaten, and I was starving. I sat down to eat and had him come over and sit with me and tell me about his day. He was so cute, he had to go grab his milk, and we sat and talked. Or rather, he talked :)
 I can predict with 100% accuracy that the face above is when he is saying "Weellllllll.. ACTUALLY" I'm not sure how many times he says that per day, but it's in the double if not triple digits.
 Of course it was time for an Auntie and Snugglemuffin selfie! Having a smartphone with a front facing camera is helpful, but not when a certain 5 year old uses it to make funny faces.
 I let him make faces and then told him I wanted a nice smile. What I got was his fake smile. Be prepared to see it return several times.
 Little brother finished his bath right as I was finishing dinner and then both of the boys went to bed. He actually smiled, SMILED at me!!! I was shocked but excited. He hasn't like me since last April 2015, when he was a wee little baby and let me hold him while he napped for hours and hours in my arms. A smile from him the first night! OH my Auntie heart was happy!
 The next morning, or rather afternoon. I slept in, can't help it. I got up and Lovemuffin apparently did not remember me from the night before. Or my just out of bed hair and no makeup was alarming. He didn't want to eat, just stare at me. And stare he did.
 He wasn't screaming at me, and was letting me talk to him, so I was happy for him to stare away! His Daddy who was trying to get him to eat lunch didn't share the same sentiment.
 No, that is not side ye (although he CAN do an impressive one!)
 He was staring at his new buddy Nana, who bribed him with Peek A Boo, and her famous Strawberry Cake.
 Snugglemuffin is getting SO TALL. He's about out grown the mini recliners we have for the boys. 

 Chatting with Nana. So it was Mother's Day weekend, but did I get any nice pics of my Mom? Did I get a picture of the boys with her? Of her with Me? No, no and no. Sorry Mom!
 Playing with little brother's new toy.
 Again with the fake smile. This time it looks painful. Bless his heart. We had just watched our annual episode of Charlie Brown. I love that that is our special thing!
 And because I am not above bribery to get my littlest nephew to like me, I busted out the fishie crackers. It might have taken 45 minutes, but i was finally able to get him to walk over to me and take a fishie out of my hand! VICTORY!!
 Why is that green chevron thing in my face? 
 Where are the crackers lady????!
 I thought the next succession of pictures were funny. Lovemuffin is still working on his walking skills, and he will use whatever he can find to help him stand up. Like his Daddy's pants. (Thank Goodness his Daddy wears a belt.)
 He's up, he made it over Daddy's leg and now to get closer to Big Brother...
 And then he got distracted looking back at me and fell down.
 Making his way to Auntie for a fishie cracker. And the green blur in his hand is a toy trumpet I got from him. Not sure who liked it better, him or his big brother. When Snugglemuffin saw the trumpet he was asking me why I had a trumpet. I started asking him how he knew what a trumpet was?! He said he looked at it and recognized what it was. Yeah, I never got an answer of how he knew what a trumpet was. but it was pretty funny!

 In another Auntie Victory. A Certain someone was having issues getting his tushie up into the chair, so I went over right after this picture, and picked him up and sat him in the chair. At Christmas this would have been cause for a huge she's trying to murder me meltdown. But this time he sat there and just grinned at me. He was quite proud of himself for sitting in a big boy chair!
 He might be a tad unsteady on his feet but he can move fast! This is the one decent picture I got of him taking the fishie out of my hand.
 Later in the afternoon B wanted Auntie to help him put together the Lego Piano set I gave him. I have one at my house but I coerced a student to put it together for me while her brother was having his lesson. (Teacher WIN!!)
 (Again the fake smile) So we were working on this Lego and I decide to video us doing it. SO I can hear his sweet little voice when I miss him. 


That video proved to be gold. Apparently my oldest nephew thinks he is the next YouTube Superstar. Unbeknownst to me, he has a mirror in their van, and he looks at himself while they are driving and talks to the mirror pretending to make videos. That child. He kills me.

All 6:58 of the video are priceless. The facial expresisons he makes (he likes to look at himself) and he was TALKING to "The People on the Movie" of course... I am trying to edit it and will hopefully post the short little clip of him that I have forced nearly every student to watch this past week. 
 Grandpa had to work late both days, and I was trying to be nice and send him a picture of B to cheer him up. Except that I kept getting his fake smile. Luckily, my Auntie brain clicked in, and saying  "Tushie" once got him to giggling.
I wore a super cute shirt to take picture in on Saturday and I took 2 pictures of me and B the entire day. #fail So I had to snap another one of just myself during "resting time".

Speaking of resting time. The boys share a room at Nana's, and B had asked me to read him a book. So I went upstairs with him and lowered myself to the ground (that I thought I was going to have to stay on for the rest of my life. I'm getting old) and read him a really LONG Bugs Bunny Book. Next time I'll bring water. My voice was needing some help! Anyways, I was not even half way through the book and little brother came into the room and his Mommy put him in the pack n play. Right beside me. I figured this could go either way, so I didn't look back or make eye contact. (This was pre fishie bribing) Either my voice is melodious reading Bugs Bunny or he was tired, but he laid down in his pack n play, not caring that Mommy left the room and listened to me read! I think if I had read a few more pages he would have been OUT!

Another Auntie win. I can't wait to read lovemuffin some more books in the coming years! Love my two sweet Nephews!